Friends enjoyed a picnic set up by Courtney Smallbeck, owner of Perfect Picnic Co., in Lyndale Park. From left, Sandy Long, Angela Kostel, Nardos Sium

Pop-up picnic providers set a pretty scene in Twin Cities parks

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John Turturro and Julianne Moore in a scene from “Gloria Bell.”
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She can play troubled characters effortlessly but with conviction.
Jeffrey Morris developed “Persephone” with the help of son Kieran, 23, a sci-fi fan like his dad, who grew up idolizing astronomer Carl Sagan and
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South Dakota Children's Museum. (Credit: Travel South Dakota)
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Twelve essential, must-do destinations in the Dakotas, from North to South.
Illustration from “Birdpedia” by Christopher W. Leahy
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In this A-to-Z book about birds, S is for sex

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"Birdpedia" is a compendium of avian lore.
Contestant Meghan Petricka worked on her mini-golf hole, as seen on “Clipped.”
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Minnesota topiary artist makes the cut in new Martha Stewart show

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An Eden Prairie woman who landed a spot in the new HGTV series "Clipped" must wow Martha Stewart.
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Why are TV sitcoms at an all-time low?

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Netflix just canceled five sitcoms that failed to find traction.
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Twin Cities band 26 BATS! celebrates a magic number with a new sound

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Shape-shifting, portal-hopping duo 26 BATS! celebrates a golden year with a new sound.